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The Practice of Teaching


reviewed by A. Lin Goodwin - 1988

coverTitle: The Practice of Teaching
Author(s): Philip W. Jackson
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807728101, Pages: , Year: 1986
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The past two decades of research on teaching have witnessed a gradual broadening of empirical focus from the narrow study of the personality traits of “good” teachers, to the identification of teacher behavior that seemingly results in higher student achievement, to a closer, more careful examination of teaching as it naturally occurs in thousands of classrooms across the country. Where once we tried to create tidy definitions of teaching and teachers, definitions we hoped could be transmitted and reproduced infinitely, we now realize that teaching is so complex as to defy rigid definition. The more we look, the more we come to the understanding that we need to look further; easy answers are not in the cards. Descriptive analyses of teaching are becoming more commonplace as their value as rich data sources becomes apparent to students of teaching. With his highly acclaimed book Life in Classrooms,1 Philip Jackson helped engender the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 90 Number 1, 1988, p. 138-143
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 503, Date Accessed: 9/29/2020 2:00:05 PM

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    Teachers College, Columbia University

 
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